Senior Living Program Earns National Award for Excellence
MILWAUKEE – The City of Milwaukee has earned a Gold Award for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities for a cutting edge senior assisted living initiative that provides a superior quality of life for hundreds of residents and saves taxpayer dollars.
The award-winning program, the Lapham Park Venture, is a 200-unit senior development that provides affordable on-site services, including basic health and physical therapy, transportation, meals, and long term care for senior residents. Lapham Park's uniquely successful approach to providing care for low-income senior citizens has decreased Medicaid nursing costs by more than $1 million per year in Milwaukee.
"This prestigious recognition serves as a tremendous reinforcement of our efforts to build stronger neighborhoods across our City, and improve the quality of life for all our residents," said Mayor Barrett. "The Lapham Park Venture can serve as a model for other cities seeking to successfully address the current and future healthcare needs of our country's low-income aging population."
Mayor Barrett also congratulated Common Council President Willie Hines for Lapham Park's success. Hines is Chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.
Each year the National League of Cities showcases a select number of city-sponsored programs aimed at improving the quality of life for its citizens. Cities are judged within three separate population categories, and this year Milwaukee has received the highest honor in the category of cities with populations larger than 500,000 people.
President Hines, Ald. Mike D'Amato and a representative from the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee will be in New Orleans to showcase City initiatives, exchange ideas and policies with other cities, and accept the award on behalf of Milwaukee.